Thursday 18 January 2018

LATEST: Eva Carneiro told to return to club's training ground and may return to the bench

Eva Carneiro
Eva Carneiro

Jason Burt

Dr Eva Carneiro, who was banned from the Chelsea bench after being criticized by manager Jose Mourinho, has been told to report for work at the club’s training ground on Friday morning.

Carneiro has not been seen at Chelsea since the incident on August 8, possibly through the legal advice she has taken from law firm Mishcon de Reya, but has been informed that she needs to return to duty now.

Whether Carneiro turns up at the Cobham training ground in Surrey remains to be seen – although physio Jon Fearn, who also had his duties cut, has continued to work during the intervening period with the first-team.

Fearn has not, as yet, resumed his place on the Chelsea bench but is expected to eventually do so. Whether Carneiro is able to do the same would appear to remain in doubt although there have been claims the duo will be in place for Saturday’s Premier League match at home to Arsenal.

Chelsea have previously insisted the issue is an “internal staffing matter” and say they do not intend to comment although Mourinho has publically said that Carneiro might be reinstated.

Carneiro is understood to have already taken legal advice with the possibility that Chelsea might be seeking to re-deploy her within their medical department and away from being first-team doctor. Some lawyers have suggested she may have grounds for constructive dismissal.

The Telegraph revealed last month that Carneiro and Fearn had been told they would not sit on the Chelsea bench after incurring Mourinho’s wrath when they ran on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard after he went down injured during the Swansea match.

Mourinho’s fury was picked up by the television cameras and afterwards he accused the pair of naivety and failing to “understand the game”.

It subsequently emerged that not only did referee Michael Oliver twice gesture the medics to come on but that he had also checked with Hazard that he wanted to receive treatment. This led to further criticism of Mourinho from medical professionals.

Mourinho’s treatment of Carneiro and Fearn has already been discussed by world football governing body Fifa. Another influential body, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) has also raised the matter with the League Managers Association of which Mourinho is a member.

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